Small Grants Program Eligibility Requirements

2017 Gardinier Grant Cycle

  • Be a New Jersey municipal government registered or certified with Sustainable Jersey AND have an active Green Team. Municipalities do not have to be certified in the Sustainable Jersey program to be eligible to receive a small grant. 
  • Eligible expenses include: salaries, contractor/consultant costs, equipment, materials, and supplies.  Facilities and administrative (overhead) costs may not be charged to the grant.
  • Municipalities are limited to ONE grant application.
  • Joint municipal government and school district projects are encouraged. For joint projects, each entity may submit a separate $30,000 or $10,000 grant application addressing its role in the project.

NJCEP/Utility-Sponsored Incentive Programs

Proposed grant projects that would be eligible for funding or rebates available from the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities Clean Energy Program (NJCEP), regional utility company programs, or other state government incentive programs must leverage these resources in addition to the Sustainable Jersey Small grant as part of the overall budget.  We strongly encourage all applicants to coordinate with the NJCEP at 866-657-6278 or visit their website, prior to submitting the application

NOTE: As part of the grant application, you must document communication with the relevant NJCEP and utility-sponsored incentive programs and receive confirmation that the project does or does not qualify for existing incentives.  Confirmation of the dollar amount of the funding is not required, just the eligibility of the project.  For more information, see the Application Information Packet.

LIGHTING UPGRADES ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR FUNDING.

Previous Grant Recipients

  • Municipalities that were already awarded a $10,000 or more grant in previous 2017 Sustainable Jersey grant cycles are NOT eligible to apply for a grant in this cycle.
  • Municipalities awarded $10,000 to $35,000 Sustainable Jersey grant cycles prior to 2017 must have completed the grant project, submitted the final report and financial documentation , and received confirmation from Sustainable Jersey that the final report has been approved in order to be eligible to apply for this grant.

This information is also depicted in the chart below:

Year Grant Awarded Amount Grant Status Eligible to Apply for Grant
2017 $10,000 or more

Open

Closed +

No

No

2017
Under $10,000

Open

Closed +

Yes

Yes

2016 or Earlier
$10,000 or more

Open

Closed +

No

Yes

2016 or Earlier
Under $10,000

Open

Closed +

Yes

Yes

+ A grant is closed when the final report and financial documentation has been submitted and approved by Sustainable Jersey

For information about closing out a grant and reporting deadlines, visit the Reporting Requirements page.  Additional questions can be directed to grants@sustainablejersey.com.